My First Review on Kindle Vella! :)

How exciting!!! I look forward to seeing more. 🙂 Don’t forget, during the launch of this program, Kindle Vella is awarding people with 200 tokens to begin their reading journeys on this platform. That means you can read ALL my stories for FREE right now! Stay tuned for my new story coming in August. 🙂

For your convenience, here are all the stories so far!

The Little Red Suitcase

The Boss

Dipped in Yellow

Falling from the Tree

The Dark Park

An American Conflict


The Shifting Sands

Led Astray


The Passageway

Bridge to the Stars

Secrets Between Lovers

July 1 is almost here! :)

Just a reminder all you micro-poets and short, short story writers! The Short of It will be open to submissions from July 1 thru December 31, 2021. All selected pieces from this year will be featured in 2022.


I look forward to seeing previous favorites and a large influx of new talent!

Something New On The Horizon – Kindle Vella

For all you creators and story tellers, here’s something new at KDP!! It’s not quite live yet but will be available on Amazon in a few months. In the meantime, get your stories up and published in preparation for new readers wanting to read your work. They are accepting all genres that your imagination likes to delve into! AND you will get paid for it should people choose to browse and invest in your library. It’s a wonderful new program that could create a whole new revenue stream for you. Check it out!

Amazon Kindle Vella

Reblog – Book Reviews – June 2021 – Dragonscale Clippings

Featured among other good picks a wonderful review of Every Day I Pause by Freya Pickard!! Thank you, Freya!! I appreciate your continued love and support!! ❤

Dragonscale Clippings

Every Day I Pause by Susi Bocks

Mindfulness with a huge difference. I love this collection of poems, thoughts, reflections and stories. Reading this book kept me grounded through an extremely stressful business sale and house move. I found myself identifying with much of what Susi writes about. And the things I read that were new to my experiences both inspired and challenged me. Undefinable – this is a must read for anyone who needs some inspiration and reflection in their life!

Shadowrise by Tad Williams

I didn’t want this book to end! Tad Williams’ worlds are a delight to wander in. His writing is detailed and flows without slacking. His characters are charming and grotesque and the variety of cultures he writes about is staggering. In this volume, the separate storylines come together as the plot sharpens towards the climax. I have to read the last book soon!


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The Short of It – Accepting Submissions Soon!

Mark this date – JULY 1, 2021!! It will be here before you know it. 🙂

For submission guidelines, please CLICK HERE.
Please follow them to ensure your work is read.
I’m anxiously awaiting your exquisite thoughts!!

Perhaps your work could be featured in Volume 2 – 2022?
It won’t happen unless you submit!

For those who haven’t picked up a copy of Volume 1 yet, click below to purchase it!

My review of ‘The Sound of Brilliance’ by Ingrid

Huge shoutout to Ingrid for a wonderful review! Her continued love and support of our efforts is appreciated. THANK YOU!!

I’ve just finished reading The Sound of Brilliance, an anthology of poems from ‘The Short of It’ series edited by Susi Bocks. As Susi herself states of the book:

This publication aims to find people with an interest and talent for micro-writing, whether their preferred form is poetry or stories, expressing themselves in 150 or fewer words. The other goal is to become an outlet for those desiring to read short bursts of meaningful expressions.

It’s a great idea, because many people lead hectic lifestyles, and can perhaps only spare a few minutes per day to read something at their leisure. Susi has curated this collection in such a way as to ensure that even the shortest time spent reading will be meaningful.

Featured authors

The Sound of Brilliance features many authors whose work I already know and love from the WordPress community, including Jaya AvendelLorraine Lewis and Ken Gierke. However, Susi’s contributor list extends beyond this community, and has enabled me to discover new authors who primarily feature their poetry on Instagram and Twitter, or have websites hosted elsewhere.

As well as being a delight to read, this book also serves as a great reference if you are looking to connect with other poets who write short-form poetry and read more of their work. You can read interviews with some of the authors on Susi’s website.

My Verdict

The Sound of Brilliance is an appropriate title for a book in which the words shine from the page. I have tried my hand at writing short-form poetry myself, so I understand the skill and craftsmanship involved in getting the words exactly right. Susi has curated a fine collection of authors who know how to do this perfectly.

If you are looking for an introduction to short-form poetry, a ‘who’s who’ guide to the online poetry world, or simply some words of wisdom to brighten your day, this book is for you! The Sound of Brilliance is available from Amazon.

Looking for something to read? Take a look at my Book Reviews section. If you have a poetry book you would like me to review, please contact me at My reviews are not sponsored, and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Through The Looking Glass: Reflecting on Madness and Chaos Within has published!!

I am so thrilled that the book has published!! Thank you to Senior Editors Candice Louisa Daquin and Kindra M. Austin, and Editor-in-Chief Christine E. Ray for including my work in this amazing Anthology! The pieces Downpour, Ennui, and Going Down are three of my favorite pieces and I’m happy they found a home in this publication.

This anthology is a collection of pieces which describe the experiences of “those who are living, or have struggled, with mental illness such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, or psychotic disorders.” My experiences, and observations of others, with anxiety and depression over the years were the inspiration for pieces I wrote.

Indie Blu(e) Publishing has produced so many other noteworthy anthologies and publications. They feature many strong voices and talent. I highly recommend you check them out for yourself. The two books below also contain several pieces of mine.

Should you submit to The Short of It?

That would be a resounding YES!

In just a few months, I will be accepting submissions again. July 1st is right around the corner and the window of opportunity will close on 12/31/21. If you intend to send in your work, PLEASE read the submission guidelines first as they have changed from the previous submission period. I encourage you to read the featured artists from 2020 to get a feel for the work I am looking for to highlight in 2022. January 7th will lead us off and every Friday thereafter, you’ll be fortunate to read another exquisite poet or writer. If you haven’t subscribed to MailChimp to stay up to date, please sign up on the submissions guidelines page.

If you’d like to hear some of the poet interviews and readings of their work, please subscribe to my newly created YouTube Channel. Click here to be redirected. There isn’t any content yet but sometime this week, I will begin streaming them. Subscribing now will get you notifications when any new videos are loaded up in case you miss the post here. I’m hoping to feature a wide variety of content there in the future.

For those who are interested in purchasing a copy of the first anthology – The Sound of Brilliance – which published last week, you can click on the image and it will take you straight there!

The paperback is $10 and the eBook is $3.

As always, thanks so much for your continued love and support! I appreciate you all very much!